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Tim Hortons CEO to visit Buffalo

The CEO of Tim Hortons will come to Buffalo today to help unveil plans for a new “destination” Tim Hortons Coffee Shop & Bakery as part of the Sabres’ HarborCenter project.

Company President Marc Caira will join HarborCenter President John R. Koelmel to announce details of the new coffee shop location, which will feature the coffee company’s full menu but also some “definitely unique features,” said HarborCenter spokesman Don Heins.

The Sabres had included plans for a Tim Hortons location when they first won the right to develop HarborCenter in August 2012. But “at that point, it wasn’t official. It was what was in the works,” Heins said. Since then, he said, the Sabres and Tim Hortons have worked “to create something that is unique enough.”

Heins would not divulge specifics, except to say that the differences will be in how the restaurant looks and what’s on display. That could include exhibits dedicated to Horton himself.

Horton, a legendary NHL defenseman during a 24-year career, played mostly for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but concluded his career with the Buffalo Sabres from 1973 until his death in a car accident in 1974 on the Queen Elizabeth Way.

He co-founded the coffee chain in 1964 in Hamilton, Ont.